Tradewinds Odyssey - Quest-Based Adventure
Tradewinds Odyssey, the newest quest-based adventure
from Sandlot Games, shows the publisher listens closely to its fans.
Back to the ocean, with stories based on familiar characters from Greek
mythology, Odyssey plays like Tradewinds “lite” compared to 2008’s Tradewinds Caravans.
A few players who like to get elbowdeep in complex strategy will be
disappointed, but those who preferred the simpler gameplay of Tradewinds 2 will find this fun and engaging.
And with six different stories involving pirates, princes, and mythical
beasts, you can easily take more than a week before you even get out of
In each story you have one long Main Quest, whether it’s finding a
missing heir, retaking a lost Kingdom, or even finding a cure for
mysteriously ill family members.
As you complete the main quest, you
explore cities, sell tradegoods to earn money, and occasionally fend
off pirates or other bad guys. You can also accept optional quests for
even more adventures.
You still get to buy ships, weapons, and magical items and decide what
tradegoods to buy and sell. But now you can see the entire worldmap on
one screen, and the number of tradegoods is down to about six, making
merchant decisions much easier.
Armies in Odyssey are
just a few different kinds of ships, and weapons are limited to a
choice between standard and premium short and long range, also
simplifying military strategy.
Finally, the problem of fighting unexpected battles and ending up too
far from medical services has been eliminated, since you can buy
reasonably-priced magical items to heal your navy mid-battle.
On the plus side, one unlockable character has a customizable look.
Since that’s the sixth story you’ll play, it was a fun time to add in
Finally, Easy Mode is very well-designed. Players who want a full
adventure experience should leave Easy Mode off and explore on their
own, but if you’d prefer to play through the main quest directly, Easy
Mode will mark the next city/building you should visit with a large
So the good news is if you preferred the gameplay of earlier Tradewinds titles to last year’s Caravans, you’ll probably really like Tradewinds Odyssey.
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